Dear Incoming Freshman,
First off, on behalf of the Orientation Leader team, I would like to be the first to say welcome to the nest!
But more importantly welcome home.
While for some it may not feel like it just yet, Endicott will feel like home sooner rather than later. You might hear this a lot during orientation but it’s only because it's true. For me, a rising junior, I could not be prouder to call Endicott my home.
Right now, if you are anything like me as a new student, you are probably nervous about summer orientation and all the other stressors that come along with it (classes, making friends, learning the campus etc.). I know it can feel like a lot to take in, and it is, however, you and the rest of your classmates are all in the same boat so take comfort in that and don’t ever feel like you’re are the only one who is nervous because this couldn’t be further from the truth. The real truth is, some people are just better at hiding it than others. Orientation can be hectic at times but it is also so much fun and at the end of the day it's what you make of it.
With that being said, I figured I would give you some advice before you arrive for summer orientation that hopefully you will keep in mind during both orientations and even into your first semester.
"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable"
I first heard that phrase sitting in the gym on accepted student’s day and it has stuck with me through my past 2 years at Endicott. To me, college is about getting out of your comfort zone. Some people need to be pushed a little harder than others but when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you will find some of the best experiences of your life on the other side. When I first got to Endicott I was awkward and shy but I also knew that I wanted to make the best of my four years at Endicott so I needed to push myself and I could not be more thankful that I did. And now that awkward and shy freshman is going to be one of those loud and peppy Orientation Leaders yelling "GO GULLS" at every car that comes through the front gate at freshman orientation. Now I can't lie and say pushing yourself is easy and I didn't hold myself back at some points of my freshman year. But I promise if you push yourself it will most certainly pay off.
Be active on campus
Being active on campus is one of the most important things you can do as an incoming freshman. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to sign up for every club we have on campus but finding one or two that your interested in and joining it couldn't hurt. Another great option is community service, Endicott has an amazing community service program and so many students do it because it’s a great way to meet people and on top of that you’re doing something that benefits the surrounding community at the same time. You'd be surprised how close you can get with people while packing boxes for soldiers or volunteering at a fundraiser. This past year I got involved with Relay for Life and we were able to get a New England Patriot’s player to come to Endicott and it was such a fun night and I met so many people through the club.
The Endicott community does a great job at supporting our student-athletes on game day. Some of my best experiences so far are going to playoff and championship games. Anytime one of our teams makes it to the playoffs, which happens often I might add, the whole community comes out to support our teams. Whether its filling the stands at Hempstead on homecoming or packing the Mac during basketball games or piling into the Borque arena for the CCC championship, you can guarantee that our fans will be there to cheer for our teams. So, make sure when you get here, you download the Gull Rev app, get a free shirt and support your friends and classmates.
Photos: Nick Grace